Lea Brassy : Billabong Team Rider
Birth Date: 7th November, 1985
Place of Birth: Equemauville, Calvados (France)
Residency: Biarritz, South coast of France
Height: 5ft 6
Sponsors: Billabong, Bolle, Cool shoes, Da Kine, Stark
Stance: Goofy foot
Favorite Spot: Pavones (Costa Rica), Secret left (Ireland), VVF Capbreton (France)
Activities: Free surfer and Model, studies nursing
Her friends define her as ‘spicy’. At only 20, the pretty French surfer is already an experienced traveller. Her hunger for life and passion of surfing has already taken her all over Europe and around the globe - from Normandy to Biarritz in France, to Portugal, Morocco, Spain, Ireland, Costa Rica, Panama, Barbados, Guadeloupe in the French West Indies… This talented surfer with great potential for competitions and good, early results has chosen to be a free surfer, away from crowded surf spots and competitions. She aspires for peace and harmony and less for the spotlights of pro surfing. Boundless Lea loves to steer off towards new surf spots and cultures, making new friends along the road.
The following is an insight into Lea’s surfing competition potential with her results during her junior career.
In 2000, at the age of 14, she competed in her first surf contest, the Bretagne Open, finishing second. In 2002, at 16, she claimed first place at the “Finistere Open et Espoir” contest. At 17, in 2003, she secured 2nd and 3rd place at two local surf contests in Guadeloupe in the French West Indies. Since, Lea prefers the peace and quiet of a good surf trip, hence her decision to become a free surfer.
Lea Brassy was born in a small town in the region of Normandy, France on November 7th 1985. Her elder brother introduced her to surfing whilst just a child, loading their boards onto an old wagon, they would cruise along in search of the best spots. Lea discovered the thrills and freedom of surfing and decided that no matter what she did in life, she would surf.
By the age of 14 Lea had already been on two surf trips to Portugal and Ireland. Her decision to leave home, led her to a school in Brittany's La Torche to surf and to study physical education. At 16 Lea rented her first flat with a friend and a few months later that same year she set off to Biarritz to study agriculture.
At 17 and after a fruitless year studying, Lea realises that her vocation lies in assisting others and she finally finds her path in nursing. She heads back to Europe and settles down in the notorious surf region of the South West of France.
Lea has had some great coverage in the press and entered Billabong Europe’s surf team in 2005. Today, at 20, she models for photo shoots for the Billabong Girl’s European range and lives in Biarritz to pursue her nursing studies. Her love of travelling and surfing is fulfilled with surf trips organized by Billabong. She is also to participate in Billabong girl events such as the Girl camps in Europe.
Lea’s dream is very simple and humble. To set roots in a house by the ocean, in a remote location and raise a family and walk barefoot on the sand, enjoy good surf and travel all over the globe. We might just follow Lea’s footprints in the sand!